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International Studies Program

Welcome to the International Studies (B.A.) degree program at UCA!

Established in 2007, the International Studies Program (Bachelor of Arts degree) at the University of Central Arkansas is intended for students who are interested in studying global topics from a variety of different perspectives.  Students may choose upper-level courses in the disciplines of political science, economics, finance, geography, history, sociology, philosophy, religion, literature, and languages.  There is also a foreign language component and an experiential learning component in the International Studies Program.  Students may choose to pursue either a major or a minor in International Studies.

The International Studies Program will prepare students to enter into one of many challenging and rewarding careers in the 21st century, including careers with federal, state, and local governments; multinational corporations and other businesses; international non-governmental and local non-profit organizations; and inter-governmental organizations with offices, programs, and staff located in the U.S. and overseas.  The International Studies Program will also prepare students to enter professional programs or graduate school in a variety of disciplines, including business, law, economics, geography, history, international studies, public policy, and political science.  For students interested in international studies, foreign languages, and study abroad programs, there are a number of government- and private-funded scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other international studies-related programs.  Since 2007, more than one hundred International Studies graduates from UCA have entered a variety of volunteer programs, graduate school programs, and professional careers throughout the world.

Revisions to the International Studies Program

Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, the credit hour requirements for the International Studies Program have increased from 33 hours to 36 hours, including Core Requirements (12 hours), Foreign Language Requirement (3 hours), Experiential Learning Requirement (3 hours), and Concentration Requirements (18 hours).  Students majoring in International Studies are required to complete at least one of the following courses for the Experiential Learning Requirement – PSCI 4392, Internship in International Studies; PSCI 4393, Experiential Learning in International Studies (Travel/Study Abroad or Model United Nations); or PSCI 4394, Research in International Studies (Independent Study).  All students who declare International Studies as their major beginning in Fall 2020 will complete the revised program requirements.  Students who declared International Studies as their major prior to Fall 2020 will complete the previous program requirements.  Students majoring or minoring in the revised International Studies Program will choose one of three concentrations: (1) International Affairs & Security; (2) International Development & Globalization; and (3) Regional & Cultural Studies.  See previous and revised degree requirements and checklists below for more details.


Degree Requirements and Checklists

UCA Undergraduate Bulletin (Department of Political Science)

Degree Requirements and Checklists (previous) – Students who declared International Studies as their major before Fall 2020 must complete these degree requirements.

Degree Requirements and Checklists (revised) – Students who declare International Studies as their major beginning in Fall 2020 must complete these degree requirements.


Graduate Schools, Fellowships, Scholarships, and Careers

Selected Graduate School (M.A. and M.S.) Programs

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Language/Study Abroad/Summer Programs

Careers in International Affairs (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs)

Careers and Internships (U.S. Department of State)


Program Curriculum & Assessment Documents

Proposal for the International Studies (B.A. Degree) Program (September 29, 2006)

International Studies Program Self-Study Cover Page (2007-2018)

International Studies Program Self-Study Report (2007-2018)



Graduates of the UCA International Studies (BA) Program

Placements of International Studies Graduates from UCA

International Studies Program – Alumni Questionnaire

International Studies Program – Alumni Survey



Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh
Director, International Studies Program
Department of Political Science
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas 72035
Phone:  501-450-5690